Android 4.0 introduces a completely new approach to securing a device, making each person's device even more personal — Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device with your face. It takes advantage of the device front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your device in front of your face to unlock, or use a backup PIN or pattern.

How to activate

  1. Tap the Settings icon to get to the Settings app
  2. Scroll down to Personal and then tap on Security
  3. Tap on Screen Lock and choose:
    • Face Unlock – to set the Face Unlock feature
  4. Move a little away from the front facing camera so your face fits in the Show Your Face screen.
  5. Center your face in the outlined area marked “put your face here.”
  6. You will receive a Face Captured screen if the Face Unlock setup was successful.

Once the Face Unlock is set to your face, you will be prompted to now set up a backup lock. In case the phone does not recognize you (this can happen for a bunch of reasons) it will revert to another method for secure unlocking of the phone.

Note: Face Unlock is less secure than a Pattern, PIN or Password.

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